Pierre feels guilty about his father getting hurt doing his job.Since Pierre´s father,Charles, can´t sign up as a voyaguer because he is hurt, Pierre decides to sign up himself,leaving his family behind.
As they continue paddling Pierre develops blisters that add onto the pain of his muscles.As the brigade stops and take a rest,Pierre starts to get along with the other voyaguers,but starts to feel homesick.
As the brigade continues paddling in the water, intense waves rise up.They continue to fight through the water,when La Londe's paddle breaks,and they get stuck on a boulder.La Londe decides to get out of tho canoe to help get it unstuck.While doing so La Londe slips and disappears.When the brigade stops and searches for him the only thing they found was his broken paddle.
After La Londe's death Beliot takes over as bowsman. As the brigade enters Lake Superior,things start off calm but takes a turn for the worst.A storm erupts while they fight through the waters to reach safety.But as they exit the storm the seams of the canoe split,making the brigade have to stop by an island for some time.
As the brigade continue on, they finally arrive at Grand Portage after a long journey.Pierre can't help but feel a little disappointed to find only the trading post. While being there Pierre learns more about the trade and the Ojibwa. Charbonneau reunites with friends like Mukwa, and Pierre meets Mukwa's daughter,Kennewah.
Pierre returns back to Lachine after a long voyage,because he was missing his family.I believe Pierre would sign up the next year,because of how much it taught him, and changed him as a person.This experience of being a voyaguer made him stronger, and taught him many things,like friendship and how to be brave.